A family from New Jersey are in shock after they were thrown of a JetBlue flight to Las Vegas following an argument that erupted over a birthday cake. Minta Burke was surprised by her husband Cameron with a birthday trip to Las Vegas with their two children, but the happy event soon turned into a traumatic one after the entire family were thrown off the plane before it had even taken off.
The incident occurred after the family placed a buttercream birthday cake they were carrying into one of the overhead containers. Cameron was then told by another flight attendant that he would have to place the cake under the seat in front of him, because it posed a security risk.
Minta Burke told WABC: “We were just so happy, couldn’t wait to get to Las Vegas. And all of a sudden, this occurred, and my two children are screaming, crying. They’re confused, not knowing what’s going on. They were traumatized.”
Cameron added: “You know, you could see the gestures, then she was pointing to her, ‘did you tell him he couldn’t put anything in the overhead compartment?’ I had approached them, and I said everything was fine. And she said, ‘Sir, this does not involve you.’ When she told me I had been non-compliant, then I said, ‘Ma’am, had you been drinking?’ Because her behavior was not normal.”
In a statement, JetBlue said: “[The customer] refused multiple requests from the crew to remove the items…became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew, and made false accusations about a crewmember’s fitness to fly.”
However, thanks to a leaked video of the incident, JetBlue’s statements about the family posing a security risk don’t seem to quite add up.
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The family were immediately refunded at the terminal, and were able to book a United Airlines flight for the next day. Cameron Burke has since reached out to the National Action Network, and intends to file a lawsuit over the incident. The welfare of the cake could not be determined at this time.